Lebanese Hezbollah slams US decision against IRGC
Beirut, Deputy secretary general of Lebanese Hezbollah movement condemned the US measure to enlist the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity and described the move as illegal.
The US measure against the IRGC is violation of the rights of a sovereign state, Sheikh Naim Qassem said here in a local ceremony, National News Agency of Lebanon (NNA) reported.
The cleric referred to the failure of US plots against Iran in the past four decades and noted that the Iranian nation will disappoint enemies again.
In reaction to the US designation, Iran's Ambassador to London Hamid Baeedinejad said the US move against the IRGC at a time when the Iranian military body is helping the floodhit people with all in power is a gift to Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu to assist him in the elections.
The latest antiIran move of Trump was also met with fierce reactions from Iranian officials.
Foreign Minister Zarif recommended that Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) should add American forces in West Asia, known as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), to its terrorist groups' list.
In a letter to President Hassan Rouhani, he also called for a retaliatory move by labeling the United States Central Command as a terrorist organization and the US government as a terrorist sponsor.
Zarif described the move as 'another misguided electioneve gift to Netanyahu'.
In a related development, Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh announced on April 8 before the US antiIRGC decision that Iranian parliament has prepared a doubleurgency bill which will be approved in case the US takes possible measures against IRGC.
Falahatpisheh said that if it happens, Iran declares the US military forces as a terrorist group like Daesh (ISIS).
The members of Iranian parliament at Tuesday's session showed up in official uniforms of IRGC to announce their support and solidarity with the forces.
To support the IRGC, 255 out of 290 Iranian lawmakers issued a statement on April 8, stressing that the Majlis will respond reciprocally to any measure against IRGC as part of the Iranian military forces.
Majlis through its statement described IRGC as one of the great achievements gained after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA